Epidendrum luckei I.Bock 1984 GROUP Ramosum SUBGROUP Repens

TYPE Drawing

Photo/drawing by I Bock and The AMO Herbario Website

Part Shade Hot LATE Summer EARLYFall

Common Name Lucke's Epidendrum [German Orchid Enthusiast current]

Flower Size .4" [1 cm]

Found in Choco department of Colombia in rainforests at elevations around 50 meters as a small sized, hot growing epiphyte with pendent, glabrous, filiform, elongate, branched stems arising from near the base of the previous stem, carrying distichous, fleshy, coriaceous, sulcate midnerve, carinate dorsally, rounded and bilobed apically, basally clasping leaves that blooms in the summer and early fall on a terminal, .24" [6 mm] long, 3 to 5 flowered inflorescence.

"Epidendrum luckei Bock belongs to the GROUP Ramosum which is characterized by the monopodial, branching stems, the spike-like, distichous inflorescence, and the single callus, and the SUBGROUP Repens, which has strictly pendent plants, with small leaves less than 1" [2.5 cm] long. The species has long, pendent plants with an evident main stem up to 24" [60 cm] long, and flowering from short secondary branches, the inflorescence has 3 to 5 simultaneous, pale- green, somwhat brownish flowers, the apex of the column and the anther purple, triangular, callus tridentate, with the mid-tooth somewhat longer, and the ovoid anther ending in a pair of elongate laminar, horns. At first sight it will be vegetatively contused with Epidendrum repens Cogn. which has single flowered inflorescence, and the anther lacks the apical horns. Florally it is similar to Epidendrum cornanthera F.Lehm. & Kraenzl. which however has short plants, up to 4.2" [13 cm] long, with a new stem produced from near the apex of the previous stem, there being no obvious main stem the leaves are ovate-elliptic, proportionately wider and shorter; the anther also ends In a pair of laminar horns, but the callus is entire and "Y" shaped." Hagsater etal


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *Orchidee (Hamburg) 35(3): 100103, t. 15. Bock 1984 drawing/photo fide; Native Colombian Orchids Vol 5 COS 1994 #897 as E ramosum = E cf luckei photo good; Native Colombian Orchids Vol 6 COS 1998 errata; Icones Orchidacearum 9 Plate 923 Hagsater 2007 see recognition section; Icones Orchidacearum 9 Plate 953 Hagsater & Sanchez 2007 drawing fide; Icones Orchidacearum 11 Plate 1169 Hagsater 2008 see recognition section; Orchids of the Department of Valle De Cauca Colombia Vol 2 Kolanowska, Hagsater etal. 2014 drawing/photo fide; Orchids of the Darien Gap Kolanowska 2014 drawing fide; Icones Orchidacearum 15 [1] Plate 1515 Hagsater & Sanchez 2015 see recognition section; Orquideas, Tesoro de Colombia Vol 2 Ortiz & Uribe 2017 drawing/Photo fide; Icones Orchidacearum 16[1} Plate 1655 Hagsater & Sanchez 2018 see recognition section; Icones Orchidacearum 16[1} Plate 1660 Hagsater & Sanchez 2018 See recognition section;